Kew Gardens’ biggest renovation project will end in May 2018, when the attraction re-opens its Temperate House – the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse.
Supported by the National Lottery, the five-year project has seen repairs to the entire framework of the building, with thousands of panes of glass replaced.
About 500 plants were taken out and housed in a temporary nursery, with 10,000 going back in, many of them propagated by Kew’s horticulturists.
The Temperate House will tell the stories of the plants that Kew has rescued, and the journeys they have taken to reach their new home.
There will be 1,500 species, from temperate regions around the world, and a programme of interactive events and entertainment will run throughout the summer to bring the stories of the plants to life.
Richard Barley, director of horticulture at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, said: “The Temperate House will be for everyone. We hope every visitor will see plants in a new light.
“When our first visitors swing open the doors, they will find these plants encased in a glistening cathedral, the new glass allowing the sun to stream in, the ironwork restored to its glossy best.”
RBG Kew will be exhibiting at Excursions in London (January 27).